New Song! It’s about freakin’ time.

We’re sorry we’ve been so slow. We’ll stop it.

Enjoy our new song about escalation in Afghanistan, the changing rationales for it, and the absence of a consensus on what winning really looks like.

The footage is from Brave New Films excellent Rethink Afghanistan series.

What Is It We’re Doing There Again?
[download the mp3]

Do you remember when the bomber first flew over?
With a mission and a target square in its eye
Before they asked for twice as many soldiers
Before we’d have to see 1300 die
When circumstances dip into a downswing
The $, days and the deaths keep ticking up
A laundry list of motives ever growing
The more I hear the less that they’re enough

Do you know what success, it ought to look like in the end
What do you do when the fight, it don’t go nothing like you planned
Tell me what it is we’re doing there again

Victory, it will always prove elusive
With the vagaries of when, why and how
So who can blame us if we’ve grown a bit dismissive
Another day another rationale

Do you know what success, it ought to look like in the end
What do we do with this long list of beginnings without ends
Tell me what it is we’re doing there again

If it still makes sense, here in the present tense
it has to be worth reexamining
The caskets all come home filled with blood and bone
Sacrificed to flimsy reasoning
How many will we send before this is at its end
Tell me what it is we’re doing there again